Joachim Low has expanded on his recent visit to Arsenal and the fact that he was unable to touch base with Mesut Ozil.

The 29 year made it clear this summer in a statement that he no longer wished to play for his country, citing racism within the DFB, and while the Germany manager accepts that the Arsenal man doesn’t want to speak to him, he says he expected the news of his international retirement to be delivered personally.

Speaking to reporters at a UEFA meeting yesterday, he said, “We were there three to four hours and it goes without saying that I would have liked the opportunity to speak to Mesut.

“I wanted that with all my heart, but he wasn’t there. All the German players were there, we chatted and ate together, but Mesut wasn’t there and we have to accept for the time being that he doesn’t want to speak to us.

“I don’t know why he doesn’t,” he continued. “Its logical that I would have loved and hoped a player who has played under me for so long would have returned to the national team, but also that would call me personally, even for one minute because up until now this has happened for every player who has decided not to play for the national team anymore, they have always told me personally.”

“I expected that from him.”

He also shot down rumours that he’d simply turned up at London Colney and been turned away by Unai Emery – something the Arseblog Arsenal boss confirmed after the Brentford game in midweek.

“We didn’t show up at Arsenal uninvited,” he said. “It goes without saying that as the manager of Germany I will always inform clubs that I would like to visit beforehand.

“We did this ahead of time with Arsenal. We therefore arrived around 11am on Monday and stayed for three, three and half hours.

“They all knew that we were coming.”

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Pedant
Pedant

Would have been quicker and easier for Mesut to have spoken to him and got it out of the way. A chance for Mesut to be heard.

But would also have been easy for Loew to apologise too.

Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

Maybe Mesut isn’t ready to talk and has a bit of “We’ll talk when I say so!” attitude about it as well.

Either way, think this was an opportunity missed.

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

It’s almost as if they are trying to deliberately show Mesut Ozil as the bad guy.

The only voices you’ve heard about this saga, have been from a few german players saying Ozil’s talking nonsense. Low seems to be more worried about telling the public how Mesut keeps avoiding him.

I could be wrong but if I was trying to sort out a difficult situation, I would try and be as discreet as possible, not only in order to save face in case things went badly wrong but also to show the other party I respect and care enough for them.

At the moment Ozil cuts a lonely figure and people seem to be more interested in looking good rather than actually trying to make things better.

Mpls
Mpls

Well put on Loew. His actions now, and apparent inaction in helping Ozil cope during the crisis, might be a key clue to why Mesut is not ready to discuss the matter with him. I find it impossible to believe Mesut is staying away from this for no reason.

Bob's Mexican cousin
Bob's Mexican cousin

I think Boateng did come forward and defended him. He’s black by the way…

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

thanks for the reminder Bob’s mexican cousin. I almost could not remember Boateng’s skin color…

Bob's Mexican cousin
Bob's Mexican cousin

Forgot to use my ironic sarcasm font.

gendouziremindsmeofdiabysortof
gendouziremindsmeofdiabysortof

Exactly. And speaking of discretion, all the sentiments he expressed in the interview could have been relayed to Mesut via any of the other players, Mustafi, Leno (probably even Xhaka and Sead were there too).

Mpls
Mpls

This is a very serious and personally difficult thing for Mesut. The press and everyone else should slow down and consider that the racially and culturally charged abuse he experienced from too many Germans who are supposedly his countrymen, including some within the National team setup, and having to say good-bye to the German team that he has been a proud part of for so long, is really hurting him to the core.

It’s not just collecting a few records from that girl you never really got on with anyway.

Well, maybe with the Kroos-Neuer Brain Trust it is. And pass-the-buck Muller. Imbeciles. Simpletons.

That team has suffered greatly the loss of a top class figure like Mertesacker.

Ram
Ram

Mesut can sod off.the leech now kicked ramsey out of our club as well.first wilshere,now ramsey.Destroying us single handedly that moron.

Greg in Seattle
Greg in Seattle

Well, he is better than both of those guys.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Lol

OneBeatOff
OneBeatOff

Kids, just say no!

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

Low’s public support of Ozil though this ordeal was luckwarm at best. If I was in Ozil’s shoes, I’ll avoid him too. Only Boateng has been forcefull with is support. They way Ozil is been treated in Germany is disgraceful.

Madrid Gooner
Madrid Gooner

Glad now both Löw and Emery have shot down the ridiculous rumours spread by the tabloid presses that Emery stopped Löw from seeing Özil or that the German coach was refused entry to the Arsenal camp

Antony
Antony

This. The amount of b.s spouted and the amounts of people happy to swallow it all without any hesitation…

Alex
Alex

Low said nothing regarding Emery. He didn’t show the will to deny Emery kicked him out, he was eager to appear as the victim again.

Penfield
Penfield

The man clearly got swerved.

As somebody who regularly experiences racism, in a variety of forms, good on ya Mesut.

Bob
Bob

For swerving Löw? Struggling to think of a manager, other than Wenger, who has supported Ozil so unconditionally in his career. It’s not like Löw dropped him for the Erdogan stuff or was a part of that abuse.

SizC
SizC

But when other aspects of the German Fa attacked (covertly), where was Low?

Mesut quit 2-3 months ago, and he’s seeking him out now??? Doesn’t Low have a mobile phone?

Bob
Bob

Löw never through Ozil under the bus and regarding your second point he stated he tried to contact him at the time and Ozil ignored his calls.

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

yeah…Loew also denied he was smelling his own arse, didn’t he?.

No need on Loew’s part to go public on his alleged attempts to contact Oezil. None. At all.

gendouziremindsmeofdiabysortof
gendouziremindsmeofdiabysortof

Think about it, if Mesut meets with him he will be almost forced to shake that hand…I can’t blame him for avoiding

Gandalf
Gandalf

“Arseblog boss” Looool

Anyway, Loew can fuck off trying to mend relationships after not backing Ozil publicly. I get why he had to do it, but he can’t expect to be all pally now.

Nacho Man
Nacho Man

Huh? The only manager that has ever backed Ozil publicly more than Arsene Wenger is Löw. Stop trying to fuel a fire where there isn’t one.

asda
asda

Yep, but it just happens that none of this backing happened in the last few months, when, it seems, it was most needed.

Mpls
Mpls

Mesut isn’t dodging him for no reason. It’s far easier to back a player under fire for their on pitch performances when in actuality the player is performing (but too many lack the understanding to see what he brings).

This was undoubtedly a very difficult political situation for Low as well, but Mesut must have been less than impressed with how Low handled the situation to be shutting him out right now. Either that or it’s all just hit so hard that Mesut can’t really face any of it for a bit. It has to take a massive toll to be attacked by your countrymen and insulted by your teammates.

Perhaps a good step would be for Low to say a word about Kroos, Muller, and Neuers’ less than respectful public statements. National team members should NEVER speak about one another like that.

Gabe
Gabe

Ozil’s got some balls taking on a whole nation though.

Reality Cech
Reality Cech

..and not just ANY nation! Man may get bullied off the ball, but he’s taking no prisoners here ha

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Mesut is clearly still really hurting at the moment. How about everyone gives him some time, is that such a bad idea?

afan
afan

he has had loads of time, how much time do you want to give him, its about time he stopped sulking and man up and get on with it, me, me, me, that’s ozil

Mpls
Mpls

As much time as he fucking needs, troll. He’s been attacked by his countrymen and teammates.

Ram
Ram

y

Ram
Ram

Yeap.As always spot on afan.Nice to see few more brave faces here like mine fighting against the hypnotic narrative.

arsepedant
arsepedant

One troll supporting another troll.

Goontang
Goontang

Mesut hasn’t said anything publicly since he announced his retirement. So how is he “sulking”. Just because he didn’t want to see Low doesn’t mean hes the one coming out in the press about it. Seems to me hes doing exactly what your asking of him and shutting his mouth and getting on with it.

gendouziremindsmeofdiabysortof
gendouziremindsmeofdiabysortof

He may be a princess but he’s our princess. Show some respect.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Firstly, I read that Turkish PM bloke isn’t the best of humans.
Secondly, the timing of the photo was bad. (Right before a World Cup)

Mesut strikes me as someone smart enough to realise those things and while he might not care, surely he is aware there are idiots on the internet who would blow that picture way out of proportion. Basically refuse the picture, and life is a lot simpler. Again, I’m sure Mesut knows this, which is why I believe he did it on purpose. I’m saying this as massive fan of his.

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

How come Alex Scott, Rio etc all hung out with Putin and no one batted an eyelid?
Or Salah with that Chechen bloke?
Or all the sports people who pose with Donald Fucking Trump?

A Different George
A Different George

Just a point to defend Salah: it seems as if the Egyptian FA genuinely ambushed him, and he had no desire to meet with the Chechen leader.

This is not a criticism of Ozil, which is a different situation. I wish Ozil had not met with Erdogan–but that is not what the controversy is about now. It is about racism and xenophobia in Germany, and I support Ozil completely about that.

Homer
Homer

Sorry, but more athletes REFUSE to meet the Orange Embarrassment than do.
So your comment is based on a false premise (to put it politely).

And Agent Orange is currently using athletes to divide the nation (you’ve heard of Colin Kaepernak (sp.?) I take it).

Let’s keep the politics (and false statements) off the arseblog, eh? This is about Arsenal Football Club. Victoria concorida crescit.

Ozil is a fantastic footballer and we are lucky to have him at Arsenal. Noone is in Ozil’s head, knows the sacrifices it took to get this far in his career, or what he is feeling. So let’s all support one of our few truly world class players, can we?

Simon2371
Simon2371

Not sure why your comment gets down voted so much, it seems entirely reasonable. Without accusing anyone, in hindsight the picture created a situation that produced only losers (except maybe erdogan), it would have been better to avoid it. As Emre Can did for example..

The Far Post
The Far Post

You know Erdogan is paying a state visit to Germany today and tomorrow, right? How many German officials will shake his hand and take photos with him on this trip,æ? And will they be criticized for it, one wonders?

Another point is, even though he posed for it, Ozil did not release that photo out to the Web. Yet the person who did (and also appearing in it) has not been so hounded as Ozil has been. Why is that?

SizC
SizC

I also read that the American President isn’t the best of blokes. I’ve heard that most politicians aren’t the best of blokes.

afan
afan

well ozil has had his chance, and he blew big time, it just shows what an arrogant spoilt brat he is

Mpls
Mpls

You, on the other hand, are consistently showing yourself to be a class act.

A Different George
A Different George

Always a troll. Go away.

Rich
Rich

After Germany’s elimination it was obvious Ozil would quit and crawl into his shell.
We made a big mistake giving him a new deal, it’s a costly mistake we could be stuck with, I’m in no doubt he’ll be moved on if there’s a sniff of interest.

Luckily we didn’t get Alexis signed up at the same time.
I’m happy for Rambo+Ozil to leave ASAP and get Iwobi and Niles into our first team.

A Different George
A Different George

It’s always great to hear from someone so knowledgeable about football.

SizC
SizC

Rich you sound like a dumbed down version of Michael Owen!

arsepedant
arsepedant

More like a dumbed down version of afan or ram. Which is pretty hard to do.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

It is like taking a picture with another prime minister or president of another country. But the amount of bullshit he had to go through..It is ok, Mesut, your choice to play or not to play for Germany. Save your form for Arsenal. Messi also once retired.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

meh, I’d probably swerve a snot munching ball sniffer too.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Low recently publicly said there is no chance of Ozil returning to the squad or something along the lines of this. I don’t think there is racism within the squad but there are divisions with the Bayern players and Kroos on one side and the ‘bling bling gang’ with the likes of Ozil, sane, dealer, boateng are part of.

Mpls
Mpls

He never said there was racism within the squad. To try and twist this and be so reductive as to call it a clique issue, which you obviously pin Mesut to the wrong side of, is ridiculously insulting.

And if that is all it takes for Kroos, Muller, and Neuer to insult a fellow Germany teammate in International media, it doesn’t speak very highly of their character. Or maybe lack of intelligence.

Nordin
Nordin

“they all knew we are coming”… So did Mesut, Joachim!!

Calvin
Calvin

Low vs ozil

Calvin
Calvin

The only one in Germany that i did appreciate his reaction was liverpool coach.